What to Expect When you Visit Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial resides on the National Mall and adjacent to the Constitution Gardens. The memorial in Washington DC commemorates the soldiers of the United States Armed Forces, who fought for America against the Vietnamese troops in the 1950’s for around two decades.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial comprises of 3 portions – ‘The Three Soldiers’ sculpture, Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, spanning two acres. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is the highlight, which resides in the foreground of Washington Monument in the distant backdrop.

It is quite possible that you come across ex-servicemen honoring fellow comrades when you visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Rangers guard the memorial from 09:30 am to 10:00 pm each day. The memorial is free for public access throughout the day, with rangers ready to answer visitor questions regarding personal visits during their duty hours. The rangers give visitors interpretive programs on hourly basis as well, but only based on special request for that.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial makes the public to reflect back on a politically relevant chapter in America’s history. In fact, the Memorial Wall is one of DC’s topmost tourist attractions, which entertains visitors exploring topmost attractions in the city capital via Washington DC private tours.

The memorial comprises of two similar walls, which stretches more than 240 feet and 9 inches and inscribes names of the 58,000 casualties of Vietnam War. The memorial was designed by an architect student of Yale University Maya Ying Lin, and was opened to the public in 1982. The black granite wall reflects anything lying in front. When surviving members of the veteran soldiers go there with national flag and red roses, past and present reunites.

A similar monument in Washington DC is the Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as Iwo Jima Memorial unofficially. The memorial in Arlington depicts three American soldiers trying to raise the national flag in the battlefield. It was inspired by the photograph ‘Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima’ captured during the battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. The Three Soldiers Statue, on the other hand, gazes at the inscribed names on the Vietnam Memorial from a distance apart.

Vietnam Women’s Memorial is a statue, which honors the 265,000 women, mostly nurses, who cared for the soldiers during Vietnam War. The bronze statue depicts three women caring an injured American soldier, and reflects the kind of unity, which was required during the conflict.

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